ACA Birth Control Opt-Out Not Religious Burden: 6th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 21, 2015, 7:12 PM EDT) -- A unanimous Sixth Circuit on Friday ruled that an opt-out process for employers opposed to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate does not substantially burden religious freedom, rejecting arguments that the court must simply defer to claims that such a burden exists.

The appeals court's ruling means that seven circuit courts have now deemed the mandate acceptable under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. No circuit court has held otherwise, making the prospects for review by the U.S. Supreme Court seem increasingly distant.

In rejecting a lawsuit brought by Catholic Charities of Tennessee and other parties, the Sixth Circuit shot down suggestions...

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